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The Chola dynasty, which ruled over a significant part of South India from the 9th to the 13th centuries, left behind a remarkable legacy of art and architecture. The Chola sculptures, in particular, are celebrated for their exquisite craftsmanship and their depiction of the religious and cultural beliefs of the time. Elaborate.

Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

2. The Chola dynasty, which ruled over a significant part of South India from the 9th to the 13th centuries, left behind a remarkable legacy of art and architecture. The Chola sculptures, in particular, are celebrated for their exquisite craftsmanship and their depiction of the religious and cultural beliefs of the time. Elaborate. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the developments in sculpture during the Chola period.

Directive word: 

Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context about the grandeur of the Chola sculpture.

Body:

First, write about the Chola sculptures – salient and important features, marked changes which were started during this period and emphasis on Hindu iconography. Substantiate with examples.

Next, write about the overall nature of the sculptures which portray a classic grace, grandeur and taste.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising.